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Rockets rally in fourth quarter to even series


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Houston Rockets managed to survive a wild second half and even the NBA’s Western Conference finals at two games apiece.


The Rockets blew a seven-point halftime lead and trailed by 10 heading into the fourth quarter before displaying stifling defense in a 95-92 victory over the Golden State Warriors. The defending champs missed their last five shots from the floor and watched their league playoff-record home winning streak end at 16 games.


James Harden scored 24 of his 30 points in the first half for the Rockets, who bounced back from Sunday’s 41-point loss at Oakland. Chris Paul added 27 points and grabbed a rebound of Klay Thompson’s miss just before the final buzzer.


Golden State managed just 12 points in the final period after outscoring the Rockets 34-17 in the third to take the lead.


Stephen Curry poured in 28 points for the Warriors, while Kevin Durant added 27 with 12 rebounds.


Game 5 is Thursday at Houston.




Simmons, Mitchell are unanimous choices


NEW YORK (AP) – Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA’s All-Rookie team.


The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Both players helped their teams reach the second round of the playoffs.


Boston’s Jayson Tatum also was selected to the first team, falling one vote short of unanimous. Simmons, Mitchell and Tatum are the three finalists for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award.


Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma and Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen rounded out the first team.


The second team was guards Dennis Smith Jr. of Dallas and Lonzo Ball of the Lakers, Atlanta forward John Collins, Sacramento guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and Phoenix forward Josh Jackson.




Bosox double up Rays, take over division lead


UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have regained first place in the American League East, thanks to a win over Tampa Bay and the Texas Rangers’ victory against the New York Yankees.


Chris Sale pitched into the eighth inning of the Red Sox’s 4-2 victory against the Rays. Sale struck out nine and held Tampa Bay to one earned run and four this over 7 2/3 innings.


Mookie Betts put the Bosox ahead with his major league-leading 16th home run, a three-run shot in the third inning. Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) added a solo shot to help Boston secure its third consecutive win.


Rays outfielder Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) homered in his major league debut.


Tampa Bay has dropped two straight since winning six in a row.


The Rangers grabbed an early 6-1 lead before holding off the Yankees, 6-4. Jurickson Profar put Texas ahead for good with a three-run blast that helped the Rangers withstand home runs by Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Austin Romine.


Ronald Guzman also homered and Cole Hamels allowed a pair of runs and four hits over seven innings.


Checking out Tuesday’s other MLB action:


– The Astros rolled to an 11-2 laugher against the Giants behind Gerrit Cole, who had a shutout until his brother-in-law, Brandon Crawford, belted a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Tony Kemp furnished a pair of two-run singles and collected five RBIs.


– Houston’s lead in the AL West remains two games over Seattle following the Mariners’ 3-2, 10-inning comeback win at Oakland. Mike Zunino tied it with a two-run blast in the seventh and Guillermo Heredia contributed the go-ahead double in the Mariners’ fourth consecutive win.


– Jose Ramirez launched his 14th homer and the Indians climbed back to .500 by blowing out the Cubs, 10-1 in Chicago. Ramirez smacked a three-run shot and Yonder Alonso supplied three of Cleveland’s 11 hits, including a three-run double that put the Indians ahead 10-0 in the fifth.


– Brian Dozier doubled twice and had three RBIs as the Twins blanked the Tigers, 6-0 to stay within one game of the AL Central-leading Indians. Lance Lynn worked the first five innings of a combined seven-hitter to help Minnesota get its third straight victory.


– Kendrys (KEHN’-drees) Morales slammed a two-run homer while the Blue Jays scored five times in the first inning of a 5-3 win over the Angels. J.A. Happ won his second straight start and helped Toronto improve to 4-12 in their last 16 home games, yielding two runs and three hits in seven innings.


– Yolmer Sanchez singled home the tiebreaking run while Chicago scored three in the eighth to beat the Orioles, 3-2. Welington Castillo also had an RBI single and Yoan Moncada added a sacrifice fly as Chicago won for the fourth time in six games.


– The Braves expanded their lead in the NL East to 1 1/2 games by downing the second-place Phillies, 3-1. Ozzie Albies crushed his 14th home run and Brandon McCarthy held Philadelphia to a run and four hits with five strikeouts over 5 2/3s.


– The Mets’ four-game winning streak is over after Caleb Smith held them to a run and three hits while striking out eight over 6 2/3s to lead the Marlins to a 5-1 win at New York. J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and Derek Dietrich belted a two-run homer as Miami ended a three-game skid.


– The Nationals pulled out a 2-1 win over the Padres on Michael A. Taylor’s RBI double in the bottom of the ninth. Bryce Harper cracked his 15th home run and Jeremy Hellickson worked into the sixth inning of Washington’s second straight win since absorbing a three-game sweep by the Dodgers.


– Los Angeles won for the fifth time in six games as Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) belted consecutive homers in the sixth inning of a 5-3 verdict over the Rockies. Matt Kemp raised his average to .331 with two hits as the Dodgers kept the first-place Rockies a half-game ahead of Arizona in the NL West.


– The Diamondbacks lost for the 13th time in 14 games as Jhoulys Chacin (joo-LEES’ shah-SEEN’) combined with three relievers on a three-hitter in the Brewers’ 1-0 shutout of Arizona. Milwaukee managed just four hits but went ahead on Domingo Santana’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.


– Milwaukee now leads the NL Central by 2 1/2 games over St. Louis after Jason Hammel surrendered nine hits but just one run over seven innings to pitch Kansas City past the Cardinals, 5-1. Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez homered for the Royals, who allowed Jose Martinez to steal home in the first inning.


– Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT’) collected six RBIs with a grand slam and a two-run double in the Reds’ 7-2 rout of the Pirates. Matt Harvey picked up his first win since joining Cincinnati from the Mets, giving up a Colin Moran homer and just two other hits over six innings.




Mariners’ Dee Gordon has broken toe, joins Cano on DL


UNDATED (AP) – Dee Gordon has joined Robinson Cano (kah-NOH’) on the Mariners’ disabled list, just after taking over from the All-Star at second base. Seattle said Tuesday that Gordon hurt his right big toe on May 9 in Toronto and reinjured it Sunday.


The injury is another big blow to the Mariners, who lost Cano to an injury and an 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Gordon is leading the AL with 16 stolen bases and is hitting .304 with 25 runs scored.


Infielder Daniel Vogelbach was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.


In other MLB news:


– The struggling Cleveland Indians have pulled right-hander Josh Tomlin from their starting rotation and plan to call up right-hander Adam Plutko from Triple-A Columbus to start Wednesday. Tomlin is 0-4 with a 7.84 ERA through six starts and seven appearances this season.


– Second baseman Devon Travis has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo by the Blue Jays, one day after shortstop Richard Urena was optioned to the International League club. Travis was demoted after hitting .148 in 18 games with Toronto.


– The Mets have signed free agent Jose Bautista and put him on the major league roster, two days after he was cut by the Braves. New York said the former home run champion was available for Tuesday’s game, but he was not in the starting lineup.




NFL approves Panthers sale


UNDATED (AP) – The NFL has unanimously approved a $2.2 billion deal to sell the Carolina Panthers to the David Tepper.


The league announced the completion of the purchase during its spring meeting in Atlanta. It was the first order of business after Tepper was approved by the owners’ finance committee during a morning session.


Tepper is paying an NFL-record price to buy the team from Jerry Richardson, the team’s founder and only owner since the Panthers entered the league in 1995.


In other NFL news:


– The Eagles have released starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks after six seasons with the team. Kendricks was due to earn $5.85 million in base salary this year with a $7.6 million cap hit.


– Carson Wentz was back on the field throwing passes less than six months after knee surgery ended his season. The Pro Bowl quarterback wore a brace on his surgically repaired left knee and tossed passes to assistant coaches and ball boys as the Super Bowl champion Eagles kicked off organized team activities on Tuesday. Wentz isn’t medically cleared to participate with the rest of the team.


– The Oakland Raiders have more quarterback depth after acquiring Christian Hackenberg from the New York Jets for a conditional seventh-round pick in next year’s draft. Hackenberg never played a regular-season snap for the Jets after being taken in the second round of the 2016 draft out of Penn State. The 23-year-old quarterback was clearly No. 4 on New York’s depth chart, behind Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and first-rounder Sam Darnold.


– Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol. Favre tells Sports Illustrated he spent 28 days at a center in Rayville, Louisiana, in the early 1990s. Favre also says he spent 28 days in rehab “strictly for drinking” in 1998. The story also mentions a 72-day stint at a Kansas City rehab center in the mid-1990s to get off Vicodin.




Isles introduce Lamoriello


UNDATED (AP) – The New York Islanders have announced the hiring of Lou Lamoriello (lam-oh-REH’-loh) as president of hockey operations after making the playoffs just four times in 12 seasons under general manager Garth Snow.


Lamoriello won three Stanley Cup titles as head of the New Jersey Devils and just spent the last three years helping the Toronto Maple Leafs become contenders again.


The Islanders said the 75-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer will have full authority over all hockey matters with the organization, which clouds Snow’s future with the team. One of his first orders of business will be determining whether to re-sign All-Star John Tavares, trade him or allow him to become a free agent.


Lamoriello wasn’t the only Maple Leafs executive to leave the franchise Tuesday. Toronto also announced that assistant GM and the Leafs have agreed to part.


Also in the NHL:


– A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Evander Kane could sign a seven-year contract with the Sharks as early as Wednesday. Kane could have been eligible for free agency this summer after scoring 29 goals in 78 games for the Sharks and Sabres this season.


– Goaltender Antti Niemi (AN’-tee nee-EH’-mee) is staying with the Montreal Canadiens after accepting a one-year, $950,000 contract. The 34-year-old could have become eligible for free agency July 1 after Niemi went 7-5-4 with a 2.46 GAA and a .929 save percentage with the Canadiens. He signed with Pittsburgh last summer and saw action with the Penguins and Florida Panthers before being claimed off waivers by the Habs.